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Cannes Festival director Thierry Fremaux revealed details of this year's lineup.

, will screen at various festivals in the fall and winter around the world. The physical Cannes festival had to be dropped because of the coronavirus pandemic

"This growing number of female directors in the selection is the result of an evolution observed for several years," Frémaux noted. "It testifies, in number and in value, to the artistic and human contribution of women in contemporary cinema, whether they are directors or technicians." But on April 13, French public authorities announced that no major cultural event could take place during the summer. September being traditionally the time of Venice and Toronto festivals, it was out of the question that we would hold our festival in September. As for organizing Cannes later, in October or November, after all the fall festivals, that was just not possible either.

During the winter and spring of 2020, the selection screenings continued. First collectively in the Festival office in Paris, and then individually. Selection committee members received films via the Internet and watched them at home. Then, through written exchanges and many conversations, we distinguished the films that caught our attention. It was quite a busy confinement!

Because of the absence of events on the Croisette, the Official Selection will more than ever retain its role. The means may be different, but we will retain the same convictions and, thanks to all, the same efficiency. It’s the first time that the number of films submitted to Cannes exceeds 2,000. The crisis and the slowdown in post-production processes have therefore had no impact on the number of films sent for selection.

Regarding the presence of female directors, the Cannes Film Festival has made a commitment to “Collectif 50/50” to provide statistical information on the presence of female directors.- 532 female directors submitted their film to the Selection, 25.7% of the total, compared to 575 female directors registered in 2019, a slightly lower figure.

We will therefore let you, when you’ll have viewing all the films, forge your own opinion about the ideal Cannes 2020 program, and which movies would best fit each category.

 

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